Foursquare for BlackBerry v3.0, just an alpha release last week, is now available and ready for download. BlackBerry Messenger integration, however, has been removed from the official release. According to the Foursquare blog finishing touches are still being put on BBM integration, so, Foursquare for BlackBerry v3.0 was released without it so that the Foursquare team could get all the other Foursquare for BlackBerry v3.0 features in your hands as soon as possible.
BlackBerry Social Networking
I just installed face2face, a cross platform, location aware, social networking client from Promimate Global that combines Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter networks into a single client as well as ads consolidated chat between face2face users, on my BlackBerry, and, although I’ve only played around with it for about 5 minutes, it seems to be a pretty slick app thus far.
face2face is a location-aware smartphone app that solves the problems of privacy and safety that have become synonymous with social networking – so that more people can benefit from the advantages that come from knowing which friends are nearby.
Foursquare for BlackBerry version 1.9.0 is now available and the social check in application has been updated with some pretty slick new features like the ability to upload and / or change your profile picture right from your BlackBerry…
Additional Foursquare for BlackBerry 1.9.0 features include:
Waze, the free social media application currently in beta on the BlackBerry is holding their own international Worldcup competition where three users from the country that wins will be given an iPad.
The Waze Worldcup is all about munching soccer ball road goodies for the win. And similar to the FIFA structure, you guys will be competing on behalf of your country, tournament-style, in different phases of the game. All countries will be eligible to participate (currently we have wazers in over 100 countries!), and on June 11, along with the regular Worldcup, we’ll get set this thing off. Soccer ball road goodies will be distributed all over the map and the countries that munch the most soccer ball road goodies will be the ones to make it to the next round.
The Waze Worldcup starts tomorrow, so, install Waze for BlackBerry Beta to your device, and start finding soccer ball goodies…
According to @JW, a.k.a., Josh Williams, founder and CEO of Gowalla, a location based travel game similar to FourSquare, a web based version of the application/game is coming to the BlackBerry.
Earlier today Josh Williams tweeted, “Oh wow. I just checked in from a BlackBerry Bold. BB users are going to be happy about this update to Mobile Web when it rolls.”
Gowalla is also working on a web client for Android, however, the version will have the benefit of HTML 5. It will be interesting to see what Gowalla can pull of in the BlackBerry Browser.
Research in Motion co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has been true to his word when he said that social networking was key to the BlackBerrys future. Facebook for BlackBerry is already a huge hit and, since making those statements, Linked In has revamped their mobile website which now is available on the BlackBerry with rumors of a Linked In BlackBerry client coming.
Research in Motion is also working with Dipdive, the online music service and social networking site started by Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am. According to the Globe and Mail, RIM plans to launch a Dipdive client in the next few months, however, that isn’t the only content provider that RIM is working with.
“There isn’t a content player that we’re not dealing with in a structured way right now,” Mr. Balsillie said “We kind of feel like Venice, everybody passes though on the way to where they’re going.”
I must say that I really like the tone of that quote from Balsillie. I think I and a lot of BlackBerry users would be happy with just a flash player and the ability to play YouTube videos. The fact that it sounds like RIM is working on much more than just that brings anticipation to what cool new things future BlackBerry devices will do.
BBMNATION, a new social networking site that allows you to connect to members using BlackBerry PINs has just launched.
As I write this post, I am giving BBMNATION the once over and it would appear that some sections of the site are still under construction. Honestly, I don’t really see anything special about BBMNATION as compared to the hundreds of other Social Networking Sites that seem to be popping up with the exception, that this one is specifically for BlackBerry users and you must use your PIN in order to sign up.
I admit that my initial take may be a little harsh so take that fact that I am well beyond the age of the the target demographic into account.
If you check BBMNATION out, leave us a comment and tell us what you think…